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Spinach, Basil and Avocado Dip


The flavors are so bright and refreshing in this dip, you’ll wonder why you’ve never had avocado, basil, and lemon together until now! The combination is like a fresh bite of spring! I know that sounds silly, but one taste of this and you will forget it’s still winter.

As long as you have a food processor, it’s extremely quick to whip up. Put some spinach, basil, avocado, beans, garlic and lemon in the bowl:

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipPulse a few times until you get a creamy consistency:

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipAfter you’ve had a few bites with a spoon, then you  can figure out what to do with the rest :) I’ve found it tastes good any time of day.

Breakfast – I love putting it on top of my eggs in the morning:

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipLunch – spread some dip on your sandwich or try these lettuce roll-ups that I’ve been making lately:

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipSnack or Appetizer – use as a dip for carrots and cucumbers or spread on crostini (thinly slice some crusty bread, brush both sides with olive oil, toast in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes):

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipDinner – mix a few spoonfuls of dip into a bowl of quinoa, then you can add extra cannelini beans, chopped basil, crumbled walnuts, or a drizzle of olive oil:

Spinach, Basil and Avocado DipYou will run out of the dip before you run out of ideas to put it on!

Spinach, Basil and Avocado Dip

Source: Hummusapien


  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup cannellini beans (the rest can be used in the quinoa bowl)
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 15 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste


Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is well blended and creamy.

Green Monster Smoothie (Vegan)


After sharing my favorite cookies with you last weekend (and hearing rave reviews from those that tried them), I have a solution to balance out all that chocolate and peanut butter: Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothies! They are loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff, including vegetables!! I made a couple batches this weekend to test out on friends to make sure I wasn’t crazy. Everyone thought they were awesome. Here’s what goes in them:

Green Monster Smoothie

How healthy does that look?? But, you can’t even taste the vegetables and would have no idea that there is spinach and kale in there. First mix together the kale, spinach, frozen bananas and your choice of milk. I used unsweetened coconut milk, but you could also use soy or almond to keep it a vegan smoothie.

Green Monster SmoothieThen, blend in the strawberries, cucumber, a few ice cubes, and your detox smoothie is ready!

Green Monster Smoothie

I plan to have this for breakfast all week!

Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

This recipe is enough for 1-2 servings.


  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (you could sub 1/2 cup for orange juice for a slight citrus flavor)
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed (you can also just use more spinach)


Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana pieces and kale in. Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk, some orange juice, and/or ice for desired consistency.

Does anyone else avoid using their blender because they don’t want to clean it? That’s how I felt until Jimmy shared this great tip with me! Now, I don’t think twice about it….First, rinse the blender out with water, then add some more warm water with soap, but it back on the mixing stand and blend for a few seconds to get it all soaped up. Just one more rinse and it’s as clean as new!

How to clean a blender